Dense Breasts

Posted: October 4, 2012 in Breast Cancer Breast Procedures Breast Surgery

An article in the Wall Street Journal on August 6th discussed the current controversy regarding mammography for women with dense breast tissue.With dense tissue it may be more difficult to detect breast cancer by mammography.Therefore legislation has been introduced in Missouri, as well as in other states, requiring that women with dense breast tissue be informed of that fact. These women may benefit from screening with ultrasound or some other method.
With breast implants mammography will cover less than 100% of the breast;there is a small percentage of the breast tissuethat is blocked by the implant which is a different density than normal breast tissue.Ultrasound can also be used in that situation to evaluate the breast tissue not visualized by mammography.

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